Lao Airlines has taken delivery of the first of two A320 aircraft ordered from Airbus – its first jet aircraft. The new aircraft was welcomed in the Lao capital Vientiane at a special ceremony this week, attended by Somsavat Lengsavad, Deputy Prime Minister of Laos and Thierry Mariani, the French Minister of Transport.
The airline’s second A320 is scheduled to arrive in Vientiane next month. The two new aircraft will be put into service on routes to key destinations in Southeast Asia, including Bangkok and Singapore. The A320s feature a two-class layout seating 126 passengers in the main cabin and 16 in Business Class.
“The A320 will see Lao Airlines introduce a new level of premium service as we expand our international route network,” said Somphone Douangdara, President of Lao Airlines. “In addition to the highest standards of in-flight comfort, Lao Airlines will also benefit from the extremely low operating costs offered by these modern, fuel-efficient aircraft.”
“We are pleased to welcome Lao Airlines as a new Airbus operator,” said John Leahy, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer for Customers. “With the A320 in its fleet, Lao Airlines joins over 260 airlines worldwide operating the industry’s best-selling single aisle product line, offering proven passenger appeal, outstanding reliability and unbeatable operating costs.”